The Avalanche Awareness Course is a New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) accredited course.
The Avalanche Awareness course is for skiers, snowboarders, climbers and all backcountry travellers.
The focus of the course is to give backcountry travellers the foundation skills and knowledge to make safe decisions when travelling in avalanche terrain and what to do if someone in your party is caught in an avalanche.
Your instructor Mike Madden is a highly experienced mountain and ski guide having spent the last decade mountain and ski guiding in New Zealand and around the world. Mike works as an avalanche forecaster, senior guide, and lead guide for Harris Mountains heli-skiing in Queenstown as well as the Chief Guide for Queenstown Mountain Guides. Mike will share with you his personal real life experience in decision making, avalanche forecasting, and avalanche rescue.
The avalanche awareness course is held over one 3 hour evening session and then followed by a full day on a ski field. Prior to the course you need to complete the Online Avalanche Theory Course and QUIZ. This is a requirement for the field day and will help you get the most out of the course.
Avalanche Awareness Course skills syllabus
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